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*Salby Damned* by Ian D. Moore*5-Stars

 

Salby DamnedSalby Damned is a well-written and fascinating story, about a deadly virus that had accidentally been released when a fracking mishap occurred. The virus was originally created to be a chemical warfare weapon but ended up being a killer of innocent people instead. Once a person became infected, they were turned into a zombie in less than a minute and was compelled to kill any living thing in their path.

This engrossing tale hijacked my interest from the very beginning. The main characters are likable, and the scenes for a zombie tale, realistic. I especially liked the explanation of how this virus destroyed its victims, in rapid-fire fashion. Salby Damned is a captivating read, with plenty of violence, romance, and plot twists, to please any reader.

Nathan and Evelyn become close after saving one another from flesh-eating zombies. When they find two frightened children, Nathan and Evelyn take the kids under their wing, knowing that the children’s mother had probably succumbed to the deadly virus. They also helped other people as they traveled along making their way to a military base. Dr. Shepard sent an emergency message to a crew of scientists. An antidote for the deadly virus, needed to be found, immediately.

Ian D. Moore proves himself a great storyteller in his debut novel, Salby Damned. Since I’ve never read a zombie book before, I didn’t know what to expect. I was delighted when I found Mr. Moore’s novel to be engaging, well-crafted and entertaining. If you’re searching for something different to read, look no further.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

**Language in the Blood**by Angela Lockwood* 5-Stars

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Language in the Blood is a unique and entertaining vampire story. Twenty-year-old Cameron Blair began his life as a vampire after being shot during WWI. His maker, unfortunately, didn’t stick around to teach him how to live his new life. Cameron had to learn about being a vampire through trial and error and, as a result, he made a lot of mistakes. One painful lesson that Cameron ended up learning the hard way was never to fall in love with a human. Angela Lockwood’s tale takes the reader around the world as it follows Cameron’s ever-changing residences and identities. The book alternates between the 1900s and the twenty-first century. I found Cameron’s obsession with Facebook and a vampire chat-room to be, cleverly written and quite funny.

Although, Cameron is self-serving, manipulative and even ruthless at times, his charm and quick wit makes him a likable character. Language in the Blood is not your typical vampire story. Cameron would rather kill a human than deal with their irritating behavior, but to keep a low profile, he does his best not to. To curb his ever increasing appetite for human blood, though, Cameron develops a taste for dogs, cows, and even an occasional horse when necessary.

This story is well-written with dark humor, witty dialogue, intriguing characters and a meticulously crafted plot. Kudos, to Angela Lockwood for writing such a compelling and entertaining tale. Anyone who loves a good vampire story, look no further, Language in the Blood is the book for you.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

**Murderous Little Darlings** by John Hennessy

Murderous Little Darlings

Murderous Little Darlings is an enjoyable, and well-written vampire novella. It is also the beginning of what is sure to be a great paranormal series.

Marcus, Rocco, and Juliana are beautiful triplets, almost angelic; some would say. They were also, accused of committing murder.

Marcus, the oldest of the triplets, was caught attacking and biting a young boy. While being interrogated, Marcus explained to the officers that he was only doing what was in his nature. No one believed, of course, the hogwash story that Marcus tried to spin about being a vampire, that was, until he disappeared.

A couple of officers didn’t want to admit that the boy was unnerving them. But, when several of their peers were found dead, with their throats ripped out, panic and disbelief spread through the station like a virus.

I’ll be anxious to read more of this unique series. I love a good vampire story, and I want to know more about these little devils.  For vampire lovers, Murderous Little Darlings will be a treat.

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

**The Mine**by John Heldt*5-Stars

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The Mine is an outstanding and superbly-crafted historical fiction, time-travel novel. I found this book to be a clever, and incredibly well-written witty read, as well as a touching love story. I loved every page of this spellbinding book and read it in one day. The Mine pulled me into its world and held me captive until nothing else existed.

Joel Smith is an extrovert and risk-taker. He’s also a charming and incredibly handsome young man with a magnetic personality. Joel’s brave and adventurous spirit got him into thinking that exploring an abandoned mine in Montana was a grand idea. But it was his bewitching personality that complicated his life, once he exited the mine.

Joel was flabagasted when he realized that it wasn’t May of 2000, but of 1941. He was supposed to be graduating from college in a couple of weeks, but that wasn’t going to happen now. The last thing Joel remembered was touching the mine’s blue glowing walls.

Joel jumped off the park bench when he saw two thugs beating a man to a pulp. Tom Carter was bleeding and bruised but glad to be alive. He felt indebted to his new homeless friend, who saved his life. Tom brought Joel to his home, found him a job and introduced him to his friends and family. The two young men became fast best friends. Out of everyone that Tom introduced him to, Joel was the most interested in the very beautiful but engaged, woman, Grace Vanderberg.

Joel was aware that he should keep a low profile, and he knew that impacting anyone’s life in 1941 could alter history, as well as his own existence. But he just couldn’t seem to leave the blond, engaged girl alone. Joel knew that he was being selfish and was playing with Grace’s fate. And then it came, the thing that Joel had been dreading and hoping for at the same time.

I found John Heldt’s writing to be razor sharp and progressive. There were no wordy paragraphs or boring pages to skip. The Mine was pure entertainment, a gem of a book. I highly recommend giving The Mine a read. This is the first book that I have read by this author, but it won’t be my last. John Heldt is a talented author. Don’t miss him.

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

**Lost Girl** by Anne Francis Scott*5-Stars

Lost Girl

Lost Girl is a compelling and meticulously crafted paranormal mystery.

Allison Weathers was tired of being afraid. She thought that moving to a small town would give her the new start that she’d been looking for. Allison was desperate for a quiet and tranquil place to work on her sculpting, and to heal. She found herself attracted to a big old Victorian farmhouse in Dawson, Tennessee. Allison just knew that it was the ideal place for her, to live and have an art studio. Much to Allison’s dismay, though, odd and unsettling events started to happen in her peaceful slice of heaven. No one had warned her that her old Victorian home was haunted. But she would soon find out that there was much more to worry about than just ghosts. Evil was lurking in Dawson, and watching her.

What I loved the most about Ms. Scott’s book was that it had a genuine real-life feel to it. The characters were well-developed, and their dialogue authentic and natural. I felt as if I was living Allison’s hellish existence, instead of just reading about it. And that’s what made it so scary. Anne Francis Scott has proven herself a master storyteller. Once I started reading Lost Girl, I found it impossible to put down. Ms. Scott has gained a new fan. I know I will be reading more of her work.

Lost Girl is a solid five-star novel. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a suspenseful quality read, with a dash of paranormal.

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

**Darkly Wood**by Max Power*5 Stars

Darkly Wood

Darkly Wood is a clever and superbly written, creepy dark story. This compelling book captured my attention from the very first page. It led me into its dark forest where a sadistic creature lived. I was engrossed and entangled in its illusions until the very end. Nothing is what it seems to be in this book, and just when I thought that I had figured out its plot, I soon discovered that I was wrong.

Teenage heroine, Daisy Mae Coppertop is distraught and not at all happy about having to move to Cranby with her mother. She quickly discovers, though, that Cranby is not the boring small town that she thought it was. She finds her first love in Cranby. She also finds herself living in complete terror as well.

Daisy Mae’s story begins when she picks up a book in her new home that intrigues her, Tales of Darkly Wood by J. S. Toner. This book is a collection of stories about the people who had gone missing after entering the enchanted Darkly Wood, the very same forest that she can see from her bedroom window.

Daisy Mae sincerely hoped, as she chased after a child who was too young to be in a forest alone, that the horror stories of Darkly Wood were just myths because she was about to find out it if they were true or not.

Darkly wood is a fascinating, imaginative and fast-paced fantasy novel. It is a brilliant read, and one that you won’t be able to put down. If you love a book with a lot of twists, then Darkly Wood is the novel for you. I highly recommend it.

*Treasure, Darkly* by Jordan Elizabeth*5-star*Steampunk Novel

Treasure, Darkly

Treasure, Darkly is a compelling and well-written western steampunk novel.

Clark Treasure grew up in a Brothel with his prostitute mother. He helped her earn money by stealing from her clients when she would sing out a signal. That all changed, though, when he stole and drank what he thought was alcohol, from one of his mother’s clients. After drinking the stolen liquid, Clark finds that he can see and speak with spirits, and raise the dead. Clark becomes a wanted man. And since he doesn’t relish the thought of becoming a lab experiment, he hides. Clark seeks out the only man he thinks is rich and powerful enough to protect him, Garth Treasure, his father.

Garth Treasure welcomes Clark into his home after the initial shock of the young man turning up on his doorstep, claiming to be his son, wears off.

Clark thought that he could lay low and stay hidden on his father’s ranch. But that all went by the wayside when Clark develops a particular liking for his half-sister, Amethyst, and she for him. Amethyst’s parents are taken back when their strong-willed daughter decides to stay on the ranch instead of going back to her independent life that she loved in the city.

Amethyst is a spoiled rich girl who is not a lovable character at first. She does develop compassion for those who are less fortunate than herself and becomes a more likable person. Clark is her greatest teacher. The two siblings become close. Clark ends up sharing with Amethyst his secret after he has to raise her from the dead.

I thoroughly enjoyed Treasure, Darkly. This was the first steampunk novel that I’ve ever read, but it will not be my last. I am looking forward to book two in this series. I highly recommend reading Treasure, Darkly. It’s a steampunk novel with fantasy, mystery, and romance.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*A Ring of Truth* 5-Star Paranormal Thriller*by Val Tobin

The Ring of Truth

A Ring of Truth is the second book in Val Tobin’s exciting paranormal series, The Valiant Chronicles. This book can be read as a stand alone.

I started this series out of curiosity, and I’m so glad that I did. A Ring of Truth is a fabulous story, superbly written, with a compelling plot and well-developed characters.

Carolyn Fairchild is a medium, and because of her unique gift she is wanted by the aliens and imprisoned by their ally, the government. The Agency, a particular branch of the government has been manipulating Carolyn’s memories and allowing the aliens to steal from her for years. Jim Cornell from the Agency considers Carolyn his prize possession and tortures and blackmails her for his own gain.

There are several subplots within A Ring of Truth which add depth and intrigue to this fascinating story. My attention was captured from the very first page. I was so engrossed in the story that I didn’t want the book to end.

I don’t know whether there will be a book three or not, but I sure hope so. This is the first book that I have read by this author, but it certainly won’t be my last.

I highly recommend giving this compelling thriller a read.

~5 out of 5 Stars~

**Skin Cage** Magnificent- *5-Stars* by Nico Laeser

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Skin Cage is a superbly crafted and compelling book that kidnaps the reader and transports them into the mind of a paralyzed young man, Daniel Stockholm. Daniel is alive, but because of a parasite infection, his body is not. He is literally a prisoner in his own body, and is unable to communicate with the world. Because the story is told from Daniel’s point of view, the reader becomes intimately acquainted with everything this young man feels as well as what it is like to live in a vegetative state. The book is both haunting and thought-provoking and is guaranteed to send the reader on an emotional roller-coaster ride that will leave them speechless at the end.

Skin Cage is a book that lingered long after I finished reading it. The story is both heartbreaking and riveting. I can honestly say, that Skin Cage is one of the best books I’ve read in a very long time. Nico Laeser has gained a new fan.

Give yourself a gift and read this truly amazing book. I guarantee you that you will be glad you did. I highly recommend giving this magnificently written book a read.

~5 out of 5 stars~

*Taking Leaps and Finding Ghosts* by Janet DeLee -An Uplifting Story with a Twist

Taking Leaps and Finding Ghosts

Taking Leaps and Finding Ghosts, is a compelling fictional story about a group of individuals who encounter some paranormal mischief while working together.

Bestselling author, and founder of the Ideal Life Club, Ginny Lawther, heads a group where people help one another reach their dreams. Each member of the group listens to the other members and lends their support.

I especially enjoyed the paranormal piece of this book. Someone or something was moving objects around in Ginny’s home and messing with Lee’s construction jobs. There is also a twist to this story that took me by surprise.

This inspirational book touches on the positive ways to manifest dreams, such as utilizing affirmations and visualizations.

This novel is a well-written and delightful read. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an uplifting story with a twist.

~5 out of 5 stars~